Yakimovich Programs and Sessions

Sessions offered in the Yakimovich Wellness Centre are virtual or in-person and free.

We hope these sessions:

  • Help you better navigate your health and aging journey;
  • Increase your knowledge, skills and access to resources in your community and within the health care system; 
  • Provide a variety of topics to help you Be Well, Be Secure, Be Connected, and Be Enriched

If you require any assistance with creating an account or registering with Learning Hub, please contact Liz McCarter at Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca.


Upcoming Sessions

June 2024 Sessions

Title: Getting Resilient to Heat and Smoke
Dates: Thursday June 27 
Time: 1:30 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.
Presenters: Matt McLean is a Community Health Promoter with Island Health. Matt is committed to building healthy, vibrant communities through education, advocacy, and collaboration with local organizations and residents. Matt studied community development and has served as an executive director for several organizations and was an elected councillor in Sechelt BC.
Alexandra Zajchowski is a Specialist with Health Emergency Management BC and supports the Population and Public Health portfolio at Island Health, with special interest in climate resilience. Alex studied biology and psychology and worked for many years as a clinician in the areas of mental health and substance use, and community inclusion.
Session Description: Learn some simple ways to protect yourself at home from heat and smoke and know when to make alternate arrangements to stay with a heat buddy if your home becomes too hot. Let’s get resilient to heat and smoke!
Register for this session

May 2024 Sessions

Title: Introduction to Advance Care Planning – Two Part Series (Note: register for both part 1 and part 2)
Dates: Thursdays, May 9 and 16, 2024 (your choice to attend via zoom or in-person at the Centre)
Time: 9:30 - 11 a.m. both dates 
Presenters: Gabi Townsend, Advance Care Planning volunteer with Island Health. Prior to this, Gabi worked with Alzheimer’s BC- Victoria Resource Centre supporting families impacted by Alzheimer’s/Dementia, which included sensitive conversations about planning for the future and Liz McCarter, Coordinator, Yakimovich Wellness Centre – Community Resource Team, Community Health Services, Island Health.
Session Description: We plan our birthdays, weddings and even dinner - so why don't we plan our health care? Advance Care Planning lets you have a say in the health care you will receive if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Everyone welcome to attend this interactive information session about what is an advance care plan, why it is important, how to get started and resources you can use to learn more about advance care planning. Discussing and documenting your wishes with your loved ones and health care providers mean they will be better able to speak on your behalf when needed.

Register for Part 1

Register for Part 2

Please note: When you register via the Zoom links above you will receive an automatic reply from PHSA confirming your registration with the Zoom link. If you are planning on attending via Zoom, please keep track of the Zoom link. If you are attending in person, please ignore the Zoom link and know that your registration is confirmed.


Title: Healthy Living with Chronic Conditions
Dates: Fridays, May 19 - June 14, 2024 (6 consecutive weeks) 
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Peers trained through Self-Management BC 
Session Description: This free six week program you will be able to connect with peers, learn tools  (action planning, decision-making and problem solving)  to live your best with chronic condition(s), such as high blood pressure, arthritis, chronic fatigue to name a few. Gain knowledge about healthy eating, managing stress,  using your mind as a distraction technique and strategies to communicate with your healthcare team and system.  You will receive an excellent resource book as part of the program. This program is for persons living with chronic conditions and family, friends who are supporting a loved one. 

Registration is required through Self-Management BC by either:
Calling 1-866-902-3767
Register via website: www.selfmanagementbc.ca


Title: A new model for long-term care in Canada 
Date: Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
Time: 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.  (NOTE: this is an in-person session only)
Presenter: Mark Blandford, President and CEO of Providence Living, with a special announcement by Tom Arnold, Executive Director of Eldercare Foundation.
Session Description: Can long-term care homes be better designed to meet the needs of seniors? What are the latest developments in long-term care home design on Vancouver Island? Light snacks and drinks will be served at the end of this special presentation giving time to network.

In this special Yakimovich Wellness Centre event, learn about Canada's first public, non-profit long-term care home promoting an innovative social relational model of care – Providence Living at The Views – set to open in Comox, BC in July. Inspired by the principles of the dementia village concept, The Views aims to provide a home-like, non-institutional environment that maximizes opportunities for residents to engage, as fully as possible, in familiar, independent, and meaningful lives. You’ll also find out what a key partner of the Yakimovich Wellness Centre – Eldercare Foundation – is doing to ensure that lessons learned at The Views will help improve long-term care for seniors all across Vancouver Island.  

Registration is required to attend this event: https://host.nxt.blackbaud.com/registration-form/?formId=f4c9083d-5a30-4b9f-9ab9-5169acc09d81&envId=p-UwJEhreG-Ee6-bkfI36h4Q&zone=can

Eldercare Foundation (www.gvef.org) is a registered charity that believes every senior deserves the chance to age with dignity. As a partner of the Yakimovich Wellness Centre, they provide funding to promote Wellness Centre sessions and purchase needed equipment like microphones, projectors, tables and chairs. This partnership is part of Eldercare’s work to advance research and education aimed at improving the care available to seniors on Vancouver Island. In addition, Eldercare works to help seniors age safely in place at home, and to enhance long-term care (including at homes like Aberdeen, immediately next door to the Yakimovich Wellness Centre).  

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If you require any assistance with creating an account or registering, contact Liz McCarter, Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca.

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